Letting Go with Guy Finley

Letting Go with Guy Finley

Watch Yourself When Listening to Music

posted by Guy Finley

Question: I can be lifted and made to feel peaceful, or even get anxious or angry, all depending on what I listen to. What is it about music, old or new, that triggers such powerful emotions in a person?

Answer: For centuries, true music has been used in schools and monasteries to help seekers awaken. Music is vibration, so it is more readily taken in by the willing and receptive spirit, and the vibrations themselves can be elevating, thereby temporarily altering the state of the listener. On the other hand, much of the music today sows the seed of either sentiment or conflict. To cancel any wrong state born in us through unconscious identification with certain of these vibratory states, we must learn how to watch ourselves while we listen to music. We must notice, consciously, its effect on ourselves. This higher awareness will keep us awake to what the music is “making” of us.

 

Flow On My Soul

posted by Guy Finley

If all things are means,

Then means are the end,

Our pleasures and pains

But a river’s bend;

So flow, flow on my soul,

Let go . . . once again.

 

Find the Changeless Behind All Changes

posted by Guy Finley

We must become conscious investigators of all the worlds that live within us, because all of our inner states — from feeling fear or futility to full of courage and hope — belong within a higher world. We tend to think that the lower exists within the higher. But truth teaches us that the higher also dwells within the lower. Isn’t the mighty oak found in the little acorn?

A tree goes through four seasons, and we see the change in the tree incrementally as it moves through its process of birth, life, and death. The tree itself is part of a larger, broader, invisible principle that is behind why the tree changes. Behind the rooms in the house, as a part of what they are, sits a mansion. Behind all changes exists something changeless.

 

Discover a Life Above the Reach of Any Fear

posted by Guy Finley

A father once took his young daughter to a nearby old growth forest. He knew that the stillness and beauty of the massive trees would work their enchantment on her, as it had always done upon him. And he was right; her little heart was at home in the quiet depths of these ancient trees. All was well for the first several moments, but then something broke into the peace of the place.

As they walked farther into the forest, he could see that his daughter was becoming overwhelmed. She would be looking at a particular tree when the sun would pass behind a cloud, giving rise to a great shadow that would move through the woods. Everywhere dark shapes stretched out, as if to touch her, and then the light would shift, creating motion somewhere else. On and off went this shadow show, so that one minute she would be absolutely captured with enthusiasm for the beauty of the light, and the next minute she would be scared by the encroaching shadows.

As her emotional state escalated, her father realized that her limited understanding was not enough to correct the developing negative condition within her. And so, taking action before she became any more frightened, he took his little girl by the hand.

“Come on, sweetheart,” he said, and they walked back out of the forest and headed for the place where he knew a special lesson awaited her.

They walked hand-in-hand for twenty minutes or so, got outside the trees, and climbed a gentle hill to its crest where they could get a panoramic view of the forest. They sat down on the edge of the little bluff together and quietly looked down on the woods spread out beneath them. What a magical sight!

The little girl saw dozens of shadows caused by the clouds as they moved beneath the sun, even as she saw that the sunlight passing over the crown of the forest would create tree shadows within the woods that reached out and then raced back into nothingness.

She saw the whole of the forest and its invisible relationship with the world around it. Wordlessly, she realized that no event happened by itself. And most importantly, from her new vantage point, none of the things that had troubled her within the forest troubled her now. She grew very still. Peace returned to her. Her new view of reality had granted her this gift. From that day on, whenever they went to the woods, she was no longer afraid.

We, too, have within us a new, higher vantage point — a very special part of ourselves within which we may be at peace regardless of what goes on around us. This yet-to-be realized state of ourselves may be called conscious self-awareness. Through its power, instead of being pulled down into painful identification with the passing shadows of life, we can discover a life in a peace far above the reach of any fear.

 

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